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Liberty killing leads to 5 felony charges

Keefer Road man held in death of William B. Ross

LIBERTY — The Keefer Road man accused of shooting his roommate to death Sunday night was indicted Wednesday afternoon on five felony charges, including aggravated murder.

Felix Olverson, 55, of 1474 Keefer, is expected to be arraigned at 9:30 a.m. today on charges of aggravated murder with a firearm specification, receiving stolen property, being a felon in possession of a weapon, having a firearm without a serial number and tampering with evidence. The arraignment will be before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Kontos.

Olverson has been in custody with no chance to post bond since his arrest early Monday.

According to Trumbull County assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker, the case was directly presented to the grand jury. If convicted of all charges, Becker said the maximum penalty would be life in prison without the chance for parole. Olverson was convicted of a felony in the 1980s in Mahoning County, Becker said.

The victim, William B. Ross, 31, died after being shot in the chest on the front porch of the Keefer Road address shortly before 11 p.m. Becker said the firearm used in the crime was stolen.

Liberty police Chief Toby Meloro said the shooting may have resulted from a disagreement. The Trumbull County Coroner’s office said a cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy on Ross was performed Monday.

Trumbull County 911 reports said after the shooting, the suspect was spotted outside walking his dog, a German shepherd. The suspect then fled on foot northbound through the backyards on Keefer, according to 911 reports.

Weathersfield and Liberty police set up a perimeter at Tibbetts Wick and Shannon roads, and at Tibbetts Wick and Naylor Lloyd roads. Girard police setup a roadblock at Shannon and Cheyenne roads. Olverson was apprehended about 12:50 a.m. behind 1470 Keefer Road.

Olverson’s daughter, Lisa Sutherland, told the newspaper that her father and Ross had been fighting for a time. The disagreements intensified in the past month, after Ross had broken up with her father’s former stepdaughter. They had all lived at the Keefer Road home for about two years.

Sutherland said things came to a head last Thursday when her father “was beat up.” A Trumbull County 911 report confirms that units were dispatched to the Keefer Road address at 4:50 p.m. Aug. 27 because “both tenants at this address are fighting.” The call was reportedly made by Ross’ ex-girlfriend, according to the report, and the dispute was reportedly over money.

Other recent 911 calls to 1474 Keefer Road shows that at 5:43 p.m. Aug. 24, a female caller advised dispatchers that her boyfriend (Ross) “stole her rental car and will not return it.” Another 911 call at 9:20 a.m. states that the woman was at her boyfriend’s house (at 1474 Keefer Road) and is asking for help for an unknown issue. The call log noted there had been domestic issues there in the past.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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